Last updated: 2017-03-20
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports two incidents of people going through the ice on Rainy Lake in the last week, one involving a snowmobile and the other a Class 2 ATV. In both cases the operators were able to get out safely, however the machines did not fare so well. People again are encouraged to use extreme caution and need to be prepared for the worst if venturing onto the ice as ice conditions can change hourly. Wearing a lifejacket and having ice picks on the ice are not bad things to be wearing this time of year. Enforcement actions for week involved ATV violations.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports time was spent at waterfowl enforcement training with the remainder of the week focusing on fishing activity. Lack of proper registration on both snowmobiles and ATVs continues to be frequently observed. Now that boats are being removed from storage and used it is a good time to check and update registration on these as well.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) found the fickle weather this week allowed work from squad to snowmobile to ATV. Anglers are still trying to find fish but the ice conditions on the lake are getting less and less safe every day. Open water is showing up in known current areas and around rocks. Shelf ice, caused by receded water levels, caused one snowmobile to go through on Kabetogama. Officer Adam worked on pending cases. Enforcement action was taken for expired snowmobile registration and ATV?s on islands within the national park.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes and angling activities. Few anglers and fewer fish observed in the bag. Area forest roads were monitored along with public access sites. Seasonal equipment transition is on-going.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked anglers this past week; activity was slow. CO Velsvaag also received several complaints about litter on the ice.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) worked ATV and snowmobile enforcement. The officer, along with county deputies, worked the water skips and spoke to individuals about the new enforcement regarding the skips. The officer also took a complaint of a dead eagle and dogs chasing deer.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety Class in Gilbert and completed annual online training. Very few anglers were seen out and ice conditions are still holding up. CO Frericks GPS?d and photographed the few remaining ice shelters on Virginia area lakes prior to the removal deadline.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) spent a lot of time working on forestry related issues of birch trees being cut off state and private land and being sold as decorative material. Ice fishing is still going and houses have been removed. Car deer accidents have increased due to deer eating in the ditches where the snow has melted.